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Avro Vulcan B1A XH500 of No 617 Squadron at Nairobi Embakasi Airport in June 1961. 500 was delivered as a B1 to No 617 Squadron at RAF Scampton in September 1958 and converted to B1A standard the following year. It was the first production B1A - XA895 could be considered as the prototype B1A and was used for trials. Photographs of B1As in anti-flash white are rare. Note the ECM bay at the rear with the open brake parachute door on top, the in-flight refuelling probe, the dorsal VHF aerial above the centre of the intake (the original VHF aerials were concealed under the top of the fin), and the UHF aerials, one forward of the VHF aerial and the other on the bomb-aimer's blister. After conversion and trials with BCDU, 500 returned to No 617 Squadron in September 1960. On 1 August 1961, No 617 Squadron's B1s and B1As transferred to Waddington as No 50 Squadron. Subsequently, 500 was pooled into the Waddington Wing. Transferred to Scampton for weapon loading training, 500 was redesignated 7994M, ending up on the Scampton fire dump. It was scrapped in 1977.

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